Named after the town of Hereke, The Hereke rug is considered one of the finest within Turkish rug creation. The production of these rugs began in the later 19th and 20th centuries. Hereke was considered the gold standard of design and weaving. The silk Hereke emanates the opulence of the time, which was inspired by the Iran and Ottoman Turkey. Even today, Hereke has an impeccable reputation for creating some of the most elegant and high quality carpets. The Ottoman of the mid 1800s, Sultan Abdulmecid, recruited the best rug weavers and artisans in order to produce these fine carpets. These fine and very durable carpets feature curvilinear and Persian influenced patterns.